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Does science prove things?

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JorgeLucas
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 9/24/2012 Category: Science
Updated: 4 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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noemi.talbot

Con

Are scientifically proven theories actually 100% true? I believe not. What about those theories that were "proven" two hundred years ago? Are they still acurate today? Once again, I say no. Science is changing all the time because the world is constantly changing. Otherwise, why would mutations occur? That, I believe, makes science unreliable.
JorgeLucas

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I accept the debate. Here are my initial rebuttals:

1. Scientifically proven theories are true. If the theories weren't true, the proof would be invalid.

2. Fact is objective. Natural law does not spontaneously change. Give an example of a proven theory that is no longer true and I may be able to respond better.

3. Science changes due to the gathering of new knowledge, not the world changing. Sure, if the world changes science will have to update to account for that, but this does not make the old knowledge irrelevant.

4. We know why mutations occur. They are random errors in DNA sequencing.

5. Just because science sometimes makes mistakes does not make it unreliable. Generally, 'wrong' theories are not incorrect but incomplete. Take atomic models, for instance. First, atoms were thought to be mostly mass, with a completely neutral charge. Over time, science discovered that there was a positive nucleus and negative electrons, discovering that atoms were mostly vacuum with electrons orbiting the nucleus, the discovery of protons and neutrons, atomic orbitals, etc... These intermediate theories were correct in terms of their purpose, but just weren't complete theories. And without them, science could not progress.
Debate Round No. 1
noemi.talbot

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noemi.talbot forfeited this round.
JorgeLucas

Pro

Extend all arguments

Source: SCIENCE!
Debate Round No. 2
noemi.talbot

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noemi.talbot forfeited this round.
JorgeLucas

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Well, this was disappointing. Anyways, if anybody needs more convincing of my point I have discovered video evidence that science does in fact prove things:

Vote Pro.
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